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Case: Shipes v. Trinity Industries

6:80-cv-00462 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Filed Date: Dec. 16, 1980

Closed Date: 2002

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Case Summary

On December 16, 1980, an individual employee filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against his employer, Trinity Industries. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for compensation, back-pay, and injunctive relief because of alleged racial discrimination in placement, promotion, and hiring practices. Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that foremen positions were denied to qualified African-American…

On December 16, 1980, an individual employee filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against his employer, Trinity Industries. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for compensation, back-pay, and injunctive relief because of alleged racial discrimination in placement, promotion, and hiring practices. Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that foremen positions were denied to qualified African-Americans. The employee sought to represent a class of similarly situated employees, and class certification was granted. The plaintiffs prevailed and the court awarded attorney's fees and costs. Shipes v. Trinity Industries, Inc., 685 F. Supp. 612 (E. D. Tex. 1987).

According to the PACER docket, on October 1, 1990, the court (Judge Justice) ordered that the defendant's liability for discrimination in promotions included liability for discrimination in promotions and in hiring. Injunctive relief was granted, and Trinity Industries created new standards for hiring and promoting African Americans. Additionally, back pay was rewarded. The parties continued to squabble about the payments of fees, and the case was finally closed February 6, 2002.

No further information on this case is available, as no court documents were accessible.

Summary Authors

Emily Kuznick (4/8/2008)

People


Judge(s)

Justice, William Wayne (Texas)

Ward, T. John (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Daves, Larry R. (Texas)

Hahn, Ellen Bentley (Louisiana)

Yancy, Bernard (Colorado)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Brown, Russell Clay (Texas)

Harper, George A (Georgia)

Marsh, Toby L. (Texas)

Rader, Robert E. Jr. (Texas)

Other Attorney(s)

Active

Judge(s)

Justice, William Wayne (Texas)

Ward, T. John (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Daves, Larry R. (Texas)

Hahn, Ellen Bentley (Louisiana)

Yancy, Bernard (Colorado)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Brown, Russell Clay (Texas)

Harper, George A (Georgia)

Marsh, Toby L. (Texas)

Rader, Robert E. Jr. (Texas)

Other Attorney(s)

Garrigan, Timothy Borne (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

6:80-cv-00462

Docket

Jan. 6, 2006

Jan. 6, 2006

Docket

6:80-cv-00462

Opinion

Shipes v. Trinity Industries, Inc.

Dec. 7, 1987

Dec. 7, 1987

Order/Opinion

6:80-cv-00462

Opinion

Shipes v. Trinity Industries, Inc.

Dec. 7, 1987

Dec. 7, 1987

Order/Opinion

6:80-cv-00462

Opinion

Shipes v. Trinity Industries, Inc.

Dec. 28, 1987

Dec. 28, 1987

Order/Opinion
521

6:80-cv-00462

Motion to Dismiss Action

Shipes, et al. v. Trinity Industries

Jan. 14, 2002

Jan. 14, 2002

Pleading / Motion / Brief

Docket

Last updated Aug. 31, 2022, 3:08 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

Private Employment Class Actions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 16, 1980

Closing Date: 2002

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

African-American employees

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Trinity Industries Transportation Inc., Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Transportation

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Unknown

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Promotion

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

Affected Gender:

Female

Male